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The Allure of Toxic Leaders: Why We Follow Destructive Bosses and Corrupt Politicians--And How We Can Survive Them
Toxic leaders appeal to deep needs in followers for personal fulfillment that the leader can provide. The author explores the nature of these needs & how they are manipulated by toxic leaders to enhance their own power. Once in power toxic leaders maintain themselves by continuing to utilise these needs & fears.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published 2004)
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Jean Lipman-Blumen's "The Allure of Toxic Leaders: Why We Follow Destructive Bosses and Corrupt Politicians - And How We Can Survive Them" initially appealed to me on several levels. As someone who studied public administration and nonprofit management at the graduate level, the book addressed issues I had been familiar with from my prior academic career. As someone who formerly served on the Board of Directors of a nonprofit organization that was undone by poor leadership as well as poor follo ...more
As assortment of genuinely interesting ideas wrapped in fuzzy prose. The book would have been better if the arguments were presented in a more structured and logical manner (see, e.g., Dean's Conservatives Without Conscience).